In Dundee recently, the revival of a radical play from the 1970s had a sold-out, three-week run. Outside Dundee Repertory Theatre, a huge banner advertised The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil with the haunting image of a burning crofthouse, reflected in the water below as a looming oil rig.

Despite the initial wave of land reform in the early days of the Scottish parliament in 2001–3, the social and environmental problems highlighted in the play are as relevant now as they were 40 years ago. The tenant farmers facing eviction and young people lacking housing talk of ...


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